K-State Picked Fifth in Big 12 Race by Coaches

Oct. 10, 2013

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second consecutive year, Kansas State was selected to finish fifth in the preseason 2013-14 Big 12 Conference coaches’ poll released by the league office on Thursday morning.

The Wildcats received 43 points to earn a tie for fifth place with Oklahoma, 13 points behind fourth-place Iowa State (56) and 20 behind third-place Baylor (63). Kansas and Oklahoma State tied for first place in voting by the coaches with each team receiving 77 points and five first-place votes. After the top 5, the rest of the poll included seventh-place West Virginia (35), Texas (30), Texas Tech (14) and TCU (12). Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The defending Big 12 champion men’s squad returns eight lettermen, including four players with starting experience, in 2013-14. The group is headlined by All-Big 12 honorable mention selection Shane Southwell (8.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.) and fellow senior Will Spradling (7.4 ppg., 2.4 apg.). The team will also have seven new players, including five freshmen, led by PARADE High School All-American Marcus Foster and Texas Top 30 prospect Wesley Iwundu. K-State has collected a school-record seven consecutive 20-win seasons as well as seven straight postseason appearances for the first time in school history.

Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2013-14 Wildcats, who have been practicing since Sept. 27, on Saturday when they host an open scrimmage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Bramlage Coliseum.

There will also be an opportunity for fans to purchase season tickets during the scrimmage with a Select-A-Seat event. Tags will be placed on available seat locations and ticket representatives will be stationed on the west concourse near sections 9 and 10 to process ticket orders or answer questions from interested fans. Current season-ticket holders are also invited to attend to upgrade their existing seats or add additional tickets to their account.

Season tickets are on sale with a variety of packages available through the Athletics Ticket Office. The 18-game home season, which includes visits from Ole Miss, Long Beach State and George Washington, can be purchased for as low as $20 per game. A Young Alumni season ticket can be purchased for $200, while the new Wildcat Victory Ticket Plan includes all non-conference and three midweek conference games (excluding the Big Monday game with Kansas) in general admission seating (sections 24-25) for only $169.

K-State plays its lone exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 1 when the Wildcats host Pittsburg State at 8 p.m., before officially tipping off the season against Northern Colorado a week later on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

Fans can purchase season tickets in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.